Species decline is a global concern, and SFI requires the protection of Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value (FECV), which are defined as forest areas harboring species and ecological communities that are imperiled or critically imperiled.
Specific requirements for attention to FECV provide assurance that forest managers will tailor strategies to protect such populations and natural communities as a specific obligation on their managed lands.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Factsheets
Northern Leopard Frog
This species is a medium-sized pond breeding frog that lives in wetlands, wet meadows, and along stream and river corridors. Current populations occur near Moses Lake.
Northern Spotted Owl
This species is a medium-sized forest-dwelling owl that lives in older, multi-aged coniferous forests. Spotted owls occur in older forests in western Washington and along the eastside of the Cascade crest in forests with a mix of Douglas-fir and pine.
Western Pond Turtle
This species is a medium-sized pond turtle that lives in wetlands, ponds, lakes, and slow-moving parts of streams and rivers. Current populations occur in several places along the Columbia Gorge.
American Peregrine Falcon
This subspecies is a medium-sized bird of prey that lives in cliffs, usually near a waterbody. Populations are currently found in cliff habitat in many locations in Washington, especially west of the Cascade crest.
Western Gray Squirrel
This species is a large tree squirrel that lives in mixed pine and fir forests, often in association with oak woodlands. This species occurs in Pierce, Thurston, Chelan, Okanogan, Klickitat, and Yakima counties.
This bear is the larger of the two bears that occur in Washington. Grizzly bears are currently recolonizing into more remote forested habitats in the north Cascades and northeastern Washington.
Sharp Tailed Grouse
This species is a small prairie grouse that lives in shrub steppe and meadow steppe with intermittent forest. Current populations occur in Okanogan, Douglas, and Lincoln counties.
This species is a very large crane that generally use wet meadows and the edges of wetlands for nesting. There are several subspecies of sandhill cranes and can be found migrating and/or nesting throughout Washington state.
Columbian White-tailed Deer
This is s subspecies of white-tailed deer that lives in wet bottomland forests, meadows, and prairies that occur on islands and along the banks of the Columbia River. This subspecies occurs in Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties.
This species is the largest of the wild dogs and can be twice the size of a coyote. The gray wolf is currently recolonizing more remote forest lands in the north Cascades and northeastern Washington.